UA SOFTBALL

Softball: Florida 14, Arizona 3: Wildcats routed, have 'a lot of work to do'

2013-02-11T00:00:00Z Softball: Florida 14, Arizona 3: Wildcats routed, have 'a lot of work to do'Jack Magruder Special To The Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

TEMPE - No. 13 Arizona's break-in weekend ended on a sour note with a loss to Florida on Sunday, but the Wildcats found things to build on with their predominately young team in the Kajikawa Classic.

The Wildcats finished 3-2 in their annual trip north to the Classic - they were 4-1 here in 2011 and 3-3 in 2012.

UA fell 14-3 to No. 14 Florida at Farrington Stadium on Sunday, when its pitchers seemed to feel the physical effects of playing five games in 47 hours, walking 10 and giving up four home runs.

But Florida (5-0) did that to just about everyone up here, beating preseason No. 3 California, which was picked to defend its Pac-12 title, and No. 5 Oregon.

And the UA played the tournament with less than a full roster, with top right-hander Kenzie Fowler still recovering from offseason back surgery and top freshman pitching recruit Nancy Bowling not cleared to play after suffering a concussion when she was struck by a line drive in preseason workouts.

"Some good things, some bad things. A lot of work to do," said UA coach Mike Candrea, whose winning percentage is the highest among active college coaches.

"Most of these kids did not even know what was at the other end of the tunnel until this weekend. They hadn't been in it. We have to learn how to win, that's for sure."

The UA will host the Hillenbrand Classic this weekend, starting with games against Nebraska and Drake on Friday. If Bowling passes her concussion tests this week, she would be the eighth newcomer to make her UA debut this season.

The Wildcats got some offensive lift from Chelsea Suitos, Hallie Wilson and Brigette Del Ponte in the 1-3 spots in the order over the weekend. Suitos, who hit leadoff the last three games, had five hits and three stolen bases, and with three walks and two hit batsmen reached on 10 of her 20 plate appearances. Wilson hit safely in the last four games.

Del Ponte had six hits, including two home runs, and a team-high seven RBIs. Her run-scoring double in the fifth inning Sunday was her 202nd career RBI, the ninth-best total in school history. Freshman third baseman Lauren Young had six hits and Alex Lavine had five over the four games.

Catcher Chelsea Goodacre, who spent the weekend as the designated player because of a right elbow injury, homered in the fourth inning Sunday, but Florida was ahead 7-0 at the time.

"We got some hits, but there are definitely things to work on," Del Ponte said.

Right-hander Shelby Babcock (2-2) walked seven in 2 1/3 innings Sunday, three in a five-run first inning, when she also hit a batter. Young's throwing error with one out and the bases loaded made the final three runs unearned.

Reliever Estela Piñon gave up four home runs, three in a six-run seventh inning.

"Had to throw the two pitchers a little too much, and that came to haunt us today. It's a young team that has to get better," Candrea said.

Up next

• What: Hillenbrand Invitational

• When: Friday

• Arizona vs. Nebraska: 4 p.m.

• Arizona vs. Drake: 6 p.m.

 

Florida 14, Arizona 3

Florida ab r h bi Arizona ab r h bi

Stewart 2b 4 3 3 2 Suitos lf 1 1 1 0

Merritt cf 3 2 1 1 Wilson rf 3 1 1 0

Horton rf 4 1 1 1 Del Ponte ss 3 0 1 1

Haeger p 4 1 1 0 Rodriguez c 3 0 0 1

Castro ph 1 1 1 4 Goodcre dp 4 1 1 1

Fuller c 2 1 0 0 Perez 2b 3 0 0 0

Munro c 0 0 0 0 Young 3b 3 0 1 0

Tofft 3b 3 1 0 1 Taylor 1b 3 0 0 0

Brdrick ph 1 0 0 0 Lavine cf 3 0 1 0

Little lf 2 1 0 0 Babcock p 0 0 0 0

Rogers p 1 0 0 0 Pinon p 0 0 0 0

Schwarz 1b 4 1 1 2

Gamml dp 2 2 1 1

Medina ss 0 0 0 0

Totals 31 14 9 12 Totals 26 3 6 3

Florida 502 010 6 - 14

Arizona 000 120 0 - 3

E: Young 2. LOB: Florida 8, Arizona 8. 2B: Stewart, Merritt, Del Ponte. HR: Stewart, Castro, Schwarz, Gammel, Goodacre. SF: Rodriguez. SB: Stewart, Little.

Florida IP H R ER BB SO

Haeger W, 2-0 5 5 3 3 4 3

Rogers 2 1 0 0 1 2

Arizona

Babcock L, 2-2 2 1/3 4 7 4 7 2

Pinon 4 2/3 5 7 6 3 5

WP: Rogers. Time: 2:50. Attendance: 488.

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